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Cimetière Côte-des-Neiges, Montreal


Côte-des Neiges Cemetery,

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission was established in 1917. Its mandate is to mark and maintain the graves of Commonwealth Force members who were killed in the First and Second World Wars and to build memorials to those who have no known grave.

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Library and Archives Canada holds records related to the burial of service personnel from both the First and Second World War grouped into one series: Accession RG 150, 1992-93/314.

  • Volumes 1 to 38 hold applications for the burial of ex-CEF personnel to be buried in Canada or the United States with a military marker supplied by the Government of Canada.
  • Volumes 39 to 144 are known as the "Black Binders" and serve as a register of death and location of the body or memorial, serving primarily as a death certificate and register of burial for those serving in Belgium, France or the United Kingdom. These volumes have been digitized and are available ARCHIVED - online.
  • Volumes 145 to 238 are known as the "Brown Binders" which focuses on the circumstances of death (if available) with particulars of the initial grave site, if known. These volumes have also been digitized and are available ARCHIVED - online.
  • Volumes 239 to 274 are ledgers covering the death and burial of military service personnel in Canada and the United States during the First World War and afterwards.
  • Volumes 275 to 278 are ledgers covering groups killed in the First World War not described in any of the above mentioned records. These include those lost at sea, members of the Siberian Expeditionary Force, enemy aliens interned by Canada and miscellaneous personnel of the Canadian Expeditionary Force and the Royal Canadian Navy.
  • Volumes 279 to 302 are for Second World War Service personnel killed in Canada, including personnel involved in the British Commonwealth Air Training Program.

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